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Things to do in London this Friday

It's time to clock off, wind down and get your weekend on...

Find fantastic ideas for things to do on a Friday, just in case you've left it to the last minute. Check out the best entertainment, nightlife and events happening in the capital this Friday. The weekend starts here...

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Hyper Japan Christmas Market

Hyper Japan is back this November with a Christmas market celebrating Japanese culture and cuisine at its best. Browse stalls selling fashion goods, toys, wrapping paper, traditional tableware and crockery, then pick up edible presents in a food hall packed full of exotic teas, chocolate, Japanese snacks and sake.

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Tobacco Dock , Wapping Friday November 27 2015 - Sunday November 29 2015

Being A Man

The Southbank Centre's Being a Man (BAM) Festival returns for a second year of music, comedy, literature, performance, screenings and discussion exploring the challenges and pressures of modern masculine identity.

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Southbank Centre , South Bank Friday November 27 2015 - Sunday November 29 2015


East London's festive playground is back for a second year, filling a corner of Victoria Park with dancing, eating, laughing, drinking, skating and plenty more besides. New for Winterville 2015 is 'The Winter Night Garden', an enchanted forest that'll host film screenings of Christmas classics.

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Victoria Park , South Hackney Until Wednesday December 23 2015


Critics' choice

Nominated for this year’s Mercury Prize after years as a session singer, Eska Mtungwazi is finally headed for star status. Her innovative soul music touches on afrobeat, folk, funk and electronica, and she’s got a truly incredible voice. 

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Islington Assembly Hall , Canonbury Friday November 27 2015


With 'Carol', the American director Todd Haynes returns us to a place similar to the repressed 1950s East Coast universe that he explored in his 2002 film 'Far from Heaven'. It's historically not long past but this is an emotionally oh-so-distant world, where the big city offers a tiny slither of hope to those suffocating in the stultifyingly conservative suburbs.

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Release date: Friday November 27 2015 Now Showing


The guys behind Gymkhana, Bubbledogs and Bao have only gone and opened a Sri Lankan restaurant. As you might expect from a no-bookings joint in Soho, it’s small but stylish, effortlessly mixing old and new. Exposed brick meets wood panelling; pretty patterned tiles meet carved-wood devil masks. The menu, likewise, gives traditional Sri Lankan street food a fashionable lift.

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Hyde Park Winter Wonderland

The Grinch would have a real job stealing all the Christmas from Hyde Park's massive tribute to festive fun, which is back for 2015 today. Entry to Winter Wonderland is free, and a wander past the fairground rides, around child-friendly Santa Land (including Santa's grotto) or through the Christmas markets is a real treat for anyone feeling the spirit of the season.

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Hyde Park , Kensington Until Sunday January 3 2016

South Pole Saloon

Even the South Pole must have a pub – where else would the elves go after work? This purpose-built immersive drinking hole is offering Brixton a very alternative place to celebrate Christmas. The fully heated, covered and themed pop-up will offer festive cocktails, Brooklyn beers, private booths, DJs and performances from the elves themselves. 

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Valentia Place , Brixton Until Saturday December 19 2015

Winter Experience with Bompas & Parr

Inventive experience connoisseurs Bompas & Parr have been working with scientists to create a wintry wonderland where every last light, sound and experience will provoke a romantic response. The Height of Winter will transform The Shard's 72nd level, essentially creating a real-life snow globe that will feature huge crystals, gem-studded snow dunes, a touch-responsive irridescent grotto and carolling plants. 

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The View from the Shard , London Bridge Until Sunday January 31 2016

Bump Roller Disco

Do you love nothing more than rolling with your homies? Bump is a wooden-floored roller disco that's popping up under Hungerford Bridge as part of the Southbank Centre's Winter Festival. Skates are included in the ticket price (though pros are welcome to bring their own).

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Southbank Centre , South Bank Until Sunday January 17 2016
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Saoirse Ronan gives a devastating performance in this wonderful three-hankie Irish immigrant story

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True Romance

Tony Scott turned Quentin Tarantino's script about two lovers on the run into a slam-bang modern classic

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This ultra-low-budget indie was shot on iPhones, but it's rich in character, wit and insight

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